Many students at Macclesfield College have just discovered that they have gained the top grades in their level 3 vocational qualifications. These results have enabled students to progress and take their next steps towards their university and career ambitions.            

After the interruption of education as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, student results were, in part, based on their teacher’s assessment of their likely grades, across a wide range of evidence. These grades were then moderated at a national level by the awarding bodies, supervised by Ofqual.

The vast majority of these students will progress to their first-choice universities, into an apprenticeship or into employment. Several students have gained D*D*D* – the highest grade possible – in their BTEC qualifications. Bethany Hodgkinson, Louise Gillen, Chloe Dawson and Alannah Darbyshire all received ‘triple distinction star’ on their BTEC Extended Diploma Sport and Exercise Science course. Bethany has since secured a place at the University of Derby, with Allanah also set to study Sport and Exercise Therapy at Leeds Beckett University.

The highest grades were also achieved by Ryan Popplewell, Langa Dlamini and Oliver Pipping on their BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Aerospace Engineering, with Ryan also in the final stages of an Applied Degree Apprenticeship, and Oliver looking to secure an apprenticeship at Manchester Airport.

Dr. Lucy Reed, Vice Principal Curriculum and Quality, said: “We are proud of everything our students have achieved. Our staff have continued to put students at the heart of everything they do during this difficult year. High grades, like these, are testament to the efforts of our staff and students. These qualifications provide fantastic opportunities for students to progress, achieve their employment and higher education goals and contribute to the economy in the Cheshire and Warrington region.”

“I think it’s truly remarkable to see just what can be achieved in an extremely challenging situation, if you embrace it,” concludes Principal and Chief Executive of Macclesfield College, Rachel Kay. “These students are an absolute credit to themselves and the College, and we look forward to the forthcoming academic year with renewed confidence, as we will play a key role in helping the town of Macclesfield – and the region as a whole – to get back to where it was before Coronavirus.”